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Food Wars – Yukihira: 3 Steps towards being comfortable with failure

I think you’ll agree with me when I say…It’s hard to be comfortable with failure.

Well it turns out, you can dramatically adjust towards failure through these easy steps, via the examples of one of my favorite characters from an amazing anime called… Food Wars.

So if you don’t already know, Food Wars is an anime show all about Yukihira.

He’s a normal kid who wants to grow up and become a Chef, just like his Dad. However, out of nowhere his Dad has to leave for business and he sends his son to a fancy cooking school to learn how to become one of the best chefs in the world.

Step One: Experiencing the True Feeling of Failure

Believe it or not, not a lot of people experience the true feeling of failure.

Now what is the true feeling of failure?

Well, failure is when you try really hard for something and you don’t achieve it. This could mean losing in a race, or a video game, or even a basketball game. The whole point is that there’s stakes in losing, and if you don’t win, you fail. And failing sucks, you feel displeased with yourself inside.

And the only way to get used to that, is by failing over and over and over again.

And that’s what Yukihira did. When he was a child, he challenged his father all of the time… and he lost all of the time. But he never gave up, and he never accepted that his father will always be better than him. Instead, he focused on how to get better, which falls into our next step.

Step Two: Figure out why you failed and use that to get better

A lot of the time when we fail, we give up and we don’t ever try again. Or even if we don’t give up, we just keep on doing the same thing and expect a different result. However, the best way towards being comfortable with failure is always figuring out your mistakes and what you did wrong so that you can improve.

So next time, when you fail that practice test, figure out what you got wrong and study what you missed so that you won’t miss it on the real test, which leads into my final step.

Step Three: Never Allow Failure to Define you

Now just because you’re bad at something, doesn’t mean you’ll be terrible at it forever. You just can’t have a mindset that if you try something, you’re going to fail.

Just like in the anime, Yukihira always steps into a competition with the mindset that he is going to win. But he’s not cocky, because it’s built up behind years and years of skill. And that’s how you should be. In anything you do, you should be confident in defeating your goal as long as you’ve put the work behind it. Because at the end of the day, you will never achieve your goals through laziness.

So those are the 3 steps towards being comfortable with failure!

Tell me in the comments below about a time when you’ve failed, and how it’s made you into a better person.

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